I thought I knew until I saw this...fruit?....from it. Now I am lost.
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I'm 100% sure that this is a banana, and I'm pretty certain of the species. I have one, and I'm obsessed with them. This certainly isn't a palm, or a tree of any kind.
Please explain. Our family in Cu Chi grows bananas on our farm. I would like to here why you say that it is not a palm. And Yes it near impossible for a botanist to garner truth from just one leaf. But it is fun never the less.
Better pic of the flower: http://www.aphotoflora.com/mon_musa_basjoo_hardy_b... . Palms don't have leaves like bananas, they have pinnate 'feather' leaves or palmate leaves. One plant, called the 'travelers palm', is also not a palm.
I like your take. But I am still not buying banana rama. I think you are limiting yourself to date palms. I do not think Adam and Eve covered themselves with feather palm branches --- just saying. There are palms with big wide leaves.
A strange reply if there ever was one.
North Carolina and they are not common for this area I know.
Actually, this species is very common for a banana. They are hardy to USDA zone 5 with protection. I've just returned from NC, they are all over the place. They probably thrive in that climate. I've grown them in NY, but they don't flower here.
I thought it was a banana tree and that is what I call it on all the pictures I have of it but no it isn't mine. Wish it were, don't know how it survives here.
Take a closer look next time you see the plant. These ARE bananas. This is an ornamental banana.: http://oi66.tinypic.com/2rxcryp.jpg
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No. Thanks, still do not know but they are pretty tall, as much as 12 ft I would say.
This is a banana plant, as I've explained 100 times. And they are very common in NC, and can be found as far north as New York.
But I have never seen a banana on one of them and there are several.
It takes special effort to get them to fruit in NC Zone 6b-8a.
Thank you, maybe I will see some yet.
Heliconias and bananas are related, so everybody is probably on the right track, but if the flower didn't turn into a banana, then I go with heliconia - they can grow as tall as you say. The climate throws the mystery in to this though. Good luck!
Lol. AJ, please post a pic of a heliconia with a flower like this. If you look closely, you CAN see bananas in the picture. Just like in this one: https://hometropicals.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/...
That is great, can't wait to see it.